Ancient gladiator house in Pompeii collapses

Pompeii is a well known city because of the dramatic way that everything was preserved when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The ash and sediment settled on the city and encased everything that was remaining in a plaster-like preservative. Travellers looking to plan their next trip should head to Italy’s southern city before this historical site fades away.

It was reported that one of the most archaeologically significant buildings in the ancient city of Pompeii had recently collapsed. The House of Gladiators crumbled to the ground early in the morning and was discovered when curators came to open the site to visitors early on Saturday.

Antonio Varone, director of excavations at the site, said officials were “trying to preserve the last fragments” of the building. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said it was “a shame for Italy”.

The house, which is not normally open to the public but can be viewed from the outside, was cordoned off after the collapse. There was speculation that recent heavy rains might have made the structure unstable. It was rebuilt after it sustained damage during World War II, it had not been thought at risk of collapse.

The building was thought to have been used by gladiators to train or relax before entering the ring, according to the news source. While the house was closed to the public, it was a very popular attraction.

However, many archaeologists are worried that 2,000 years of existence is starting to take its toll on the site and that those who want to learn more about the ancient city should visit before it’s too late.

Pompeii was destroyed in AD79 when a volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Vesuvius buried the city in ash. It was not uncovered until the 18th Century.

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